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"Operation Airthief"

Discussion in 'Air Warfare' started by Skua, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Skua

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    I though this story, quoted from International Air Power Review Volume 3, would interest some of you :

     
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    Pickney

    The whole episode is described in Geoffrey Quill's book 'Spitfire - a test pilots story'. from what I remember of the book, Pickney was quite pissed off with the German pilot for spoiling his fun.
     
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    I came across a similar story in a book about the Swordfish torpedo bomber. Two Bf109's of the most recent type landed on a British airfield. The teller of the story wasn't sure whether they got lost or were defecting but either way ground crews jumped on them before they could change their minds. A short time later a Swordfish landed at the same airfield. The first thing they saw was a pair of parked 109's and they immediately had a bit of an Oh Sh*t moment. They managed to turn the plane around and were all set to take off again before a ground crew managed to run out to stop them.
     
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    Landing on enemy territory

    A Whitley of 77 Sqadron landed in Germany by accident in 1940 thinking it was France or Luxembourg but they got away in time, i'll dig the story out
     
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    I think we can make this a "wrong airfield" topic by now... Any takers?
     
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    What about how the British got their hands on the SN-2 radar and FuG 227 Flensburg homing device ?

    The Ju 88G-1 of Obergefreiter Mäckle ( 7. Staffel, Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 ) suffered a compass failure on the night of 12/13 July 1944 and became lost. They finally found a radio beacon which seemed to come from the right direction and decided to follow this. And landed their aircraft at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk. I don´t think the British even knew that the Germans had the FuG 227, a device which could home in on the Monica tail warning radars fitted to British bombers.
     

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